ACTNews, DEMAK – Demak is known as the City of Saints and was once a beacon of Islamic preaching led by the legendary Wali Songo (Nine Muslim Saints). Demak’s strong Islamic history has inspired Ustaz Kusaeni (42) to teach the children in his village of Kedungori, Dempet District, Demak Regency, Islamic sciences. He wants them to live based on Islamic teaching like the Nine Muslim Saints hundreds of years ago.
To make his wish come true, he founded a boarding school in 2006 which he named Anwarul Quran. “I named it Anwarul Quran Islamic Boarding School which means the Lights of the Quran. I hope that the students can memorize the Quran and live based on its teaching,” said Ustaz Kusaeni when ACT Semarang met him, Tuesday (10/26/2021)
He built the school out of wooden and bamboo boards. The fifty-four students that Ustaz Kusaeni teaches are not required to pay. For the students’ food, he runs the farmland that he owns.
“Most of the students come from poor families and are orphans. What matters most to me is the students’ enthusiasm and spirit to memorize the Quran,” he said.
He also works as an honorary teacher at a madrasa, earning IDR 500,000 a month. From this salary, he supports his family and covers the pesantren’s operational costs.
To further encourage and support Ustaz Kusaeni, Global Zakat – ACT provides financial assistance through National Movement for Indonesian Preachers’ Prosperity, a joint program between Aksi Cepat Tanggap and Indonesian Ulama Council.